Bobby Joe Hill was the 5 foot 10 point guard from Michigan on the Texas Western College basketball team. Hill was one of the most prominent players on the court. In the first half of the NCAA Championship game, he stole the ball from both Louie Dampier and Tommy Kron twice within the span of a minute and converted both steals into easy layups. He led all scorers with twenty points.
Hill stayed in El Paso after his Texas Western career, married his college sweetheart and retired as an executive with El Paso Natural Gas. He died in 2002 of a myocardial infarction at age 59. Hill's death was deeply mourned by his family and teammates, Coach Haskins and the sports world. Hill is interred at Restlawn Memorial Park in El Paso, Texas.